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Good morning. I'm Rachel Martin. When you think Black Sabbath, you think of stuff like this.

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BLACK SABBATH: (Singing) Satan laughing spreads his wings...

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley insists he will stay in the job.

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ROBERT BENTLEY: I do not plan to resign. I have done nothing illegal.

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Organizers of the Oscars might take comfort from this next story because the Oscars are not the only people - the people who run the Oscars - not the only ones who made a mistake in giving out a prize. Here's NPR's Philip Reeves in Brazil.

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Now an appreciation for a comedian who turned insult into art form.

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DON RICKLES: Governor Reagan or Reegan (ph), whatever they call you.

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RONALD REAGAN: Reagan.

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17-Year-Old Asks Emma Stone To Prom

Apr 7, 2017

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Death penalty laws are on the books in 31 states, but only five carried out executions last year. Now Arkansas is rushing to execute death row inmates at an unprecedented pace this month, before the state's supply of lethal drugs expires.

All presidents since Gerald Ford have volunteered to show the public their tax returns. All of them except Donald Trump.

He has said emphatically that he really wants to do it, including at a Republican primary debate in February 2016.

"Let me just tell you something. I want to release my tax returns. But I can't release it while I'm under an audit. We're under a routine audit. I've had it for years I get audited. And obviously if I'm being audited I'm not going to release a return. As soon as the audit is done — I love it."

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The U.S. military is trying to figure out whether certain heavy weapons are putting U.S. troops in danger.

The concern centers on the possibility of brain injuries from shoulder-fired weapons like the Carl Gustaf, a recoilless rifle that resembles a bazooka and is powerful enough to blow up a tank.

As soon as you set foot in any of the refugee camps along the South Sudan border in Uganda, a vast human suffering becomes easily apparent.

What Comes Next For Neil Gorsuch

Apr 5, 2017

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We may be approaching a historic moment in the U.S. Senate. Republican leaders say if Democrats filibuster to stop the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court this week, they will change the rules so a filibuster won't work with this nomination or future nominations.

Canada Is Full Of Cry(ing) Babies

Apr 5, 2017

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